What's the rainbow🏳️‍🌈flag got to do with LGBTQ+?

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 LGBTQ Rainbow ribbon against sky
LGBTQ Rainbow ribbon against sky

Pride month is upon us again. Are you one of those who have plans to celebrate it and show support to the LGBTQ+ community? 

Before you rummage your pre-covid wardrobe for attire bearing the ubiquitous rainbow or the distinctive pink that has become associated with the event, let us take a moment to dig a little deeper into its origins.

Pride month had its roots in remembrance of the Stonewall uprising in June 1969 that has come to stand for fighting for equal rights of the LGBTQ+ community. In 1999, President Bill Clinton issued a proclamation for the Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. He called upon “Gays and lesbians, their families and friends, [to] celebrate the anniversary of Stonewall every June in America as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month." That sealed June as Pride month officially.

And in case you are wondering, LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning or Queer, while the "+" represents other sexual identities.

Now you will never be stumped by a smart-aleck asking you about Pride's origins and whatever LGBTQ+ means. Next, let us delve a little deeper into the hues of the Rainbow flag.

Did you know that there are only six stripes on the Pride Rainbow Flag? Say what? Yes, you heard that right. The official Rainbow Flag of the LGBTQ+ community has only six colours. Each colour holds a meaning: red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, blue for harmony and purple for spirit.

Let us go back in time. The original Rainbow Flag designed by gay activist Gilbert Baker in 1978 sported eight colours. Each of the eight colours were assigned specific meanings by the designer: Pink = Sex, Red = Life, Orange = Healing, Yellow = Sunlight, Green = Nature, Blue = Magic, Indigo = Serenity, Violet = Spirit.

However, sourcing for the pink fabric required for the top layer proved an uphill task as hot pink was not a colour in demand then. So out goes pink. That’s one colour down. So whatever happened to turquoise, the 7th colour?

Story has it that when the 1979 Pride Parade Committee decided to use the 7-stripe rainbow flag to honour the assassinated gay community leader Harvey Milk, the logistics involved to divide the colours evenly on parade grounds led to the eventual decision to stick to an even number of colours on the flag. And that is the story of the 6-striped Rainbow Pride flag. Over the years, the former indigo stripe evolved into a more classic royal blue.

Now that you are clued in on the evolution of Pride and symbolism of the Rainbow flag, it’s time to celebrate Pride month and start shopping for all things rainbow, pink and beautiful!

Shoes, clothes and everything rainbow!

Since you are on the look out for rainbow-hued merchandise, these fabulous kicks, undergarment, shirts, swimsuit, bag, hat and yes, umbrella will complete your look.

Lazada Vans Pride sneakers

PHOTO: Lazada. Vans Pride sneakers
PHOTO: Lazada. Vans Pride sneakers

Lazada Converse Pride shoes

PHOTO: Lazada. Converse Pride shoes
PHOTO: Lazada. Converse Pride shoes

Converse Chuck

PHOTO: Shopee. Converse Chuck
PHOTO: Shopee. Converse Chuck

Calvin Klein Modern Cotton Pride lingerie set, S$59.99

Get 25% off everything with code "HELLO25" on ASOS

PHOTO: ASOS. Calvin Klein Modern Cotton Pride lingerie set
PHOTO: ASOS. Calvin Klein Modern Cotton Pride lingerie set

Hollister Pride ombre rayon short sleeve shirt, S$53.99

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PHOTO: ASOS. Hollister Pride ombre rayon short sleeve shirt
PHOTO: ASOS. Hollister Pride ombre rayon short sleeve shirt

Tommy Hilfiger high-leg swimsuit in rainbow print, S$38.91

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PHOTO: ASOS. Tommy Hilfiger high-leg swimsuit in rainbow print
PHOTO: ASOS. Tommy Hilfiger high-leg swimsuit in rainbow print

adidas Originals pride flight bag, S$32.61 (was S$40.76)

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PHOTO: ASOS. adidas Originals pride flight bag
PHOTO: ASOS. adidas Originals pride flight bag

adidas Originals Pride trefoil bucket hat, S$23.90 (was S$35.20)

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PHOTO: ASOS. adidas Originals Pride trefoil bucket hat
PHOTO: ASOS. adidas Originals Pride trefoil bucket hat

Rainbow Umbrella, S$52.15

PHOTO: Amazon. Rainbow Umbrella
PHOTO: Amazon. Rainbow Umbrella

It's raining Pride T-shirts

You see, there are different ways to get yourself heard. Case in point, these statement T-shirts will do the trick. 

Love is love T-shirt

Pride T-shirt

Beard Pride T-shirt

Rainbow heart T-shirt

Pride hand-heart T-shirt

Levi's Pride T-shirt

Adidas Pride T-shirt

Hold virtual Pride parties and support local 

With the current coronavirus situation, a Pride party doesn't seem to be on the cards. However, what's stopping you from having a home party with your nearest and dearest? Get dressed in your Pride T-shirt, order the prettiest looking rainbow cake or rainbow kueh lapis, put up some pink fairy lights and viola, it's party time! 

Pastry Mart Kueh Lapis Rainbow, 1 kg

PHOTO: Shopee. Pastry Mart Kueh Lapis Rainbow, 1 kg
PHOTO: Shopee. Pastry Mart Kueh Lapis Rainbow, 1 kg

Baker's Brew Rainbow Tower Cake, from S$95

PHOTO: Shopee. Baker's Brew Rainbow Tower Cake
PHOTO: Shopee. Baker's Brew Rainbow Tower Cake

Jazz up your home with pink LED fairy lights

Create a rainbow in your home

Rainbow Projector, Clam Shell Night Light

LGBTQ+ reads

There’s nothing like reading to broaden our horizons and open our minds. These reads will shed some light on the lives of the LGBTQ+ community and probably make you shed a tear or two.

The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith

Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story by Jacob Tobia

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

Whether you wish to show support for your LGBTQ+ friends or love the hues of the rainbow for its aesthetics, here are more rainbow-related merchandise to add to your Pride collection: ASOS (get 25% everything with code “HELLO25”), Zalora, Shopee, Lazada, Book Depository and Amazon.

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